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Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) wins the first of two divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman harness racing trotting colts & geldings at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 30) for a purse of $53,500. Chapter Fashion (Jason Bartlett) charged to the front and hit the first quarter in :27.4. Gimpanzee ($2.10) followed in the pocket. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., and S R F Stable, he would take over just before getting to the half first in :57.0 and cruise into three-quarters in 1:25.4. Chapter Fashion would stay close in second. As they hit the stretch Gimpanzee found another gear and recorded a lifetime best mark to win in 1:54.3. Chapter Fashion was easily second best. Our White Knight (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up to finish third. Gimpanzee is a colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. He is a perfect five for five in his career. Thunder (Jason Bartlett) takes the second division ($54,500) of the NYSS for trotting colts & geldings. Thunder ($6.30) went right to the front but Brady Bunch (Andy Miller) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. Thunder, who is trained by John Butenschoen for owners Crawford Farms Racing , Jeremy Day, and VIP Internet Stable LLC., re-claimed the lead and led them to a half of :57.4. He would lead them to three-quarters in 1:27.1. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) came up to challenge around the last turn but Thunder was too strong and flew home in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Chip Chip Conway would settle for second with Brady Bunch earning third money. Thunder is a colt by Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna. It was his third win in six lifetime starts. Vernon downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) for a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will feature two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (August 30). The unbeaten Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the first division ($53,500). The colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He has won four legs of the NYSS in his four starts. His wins were at Monticello ($27,750), Tioga Downs ($37,966), Saratoga ($54.500), and Yonkers ($80,200). The second morning line choice in the first division is the Jim Campbell trained Chapter Fashion (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The gelding by Chapter Seven-New Hampshire girl has two wins in five starts. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC., he won a Tompkins Memorial race at Tioga Downs ($28,650) and a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers ($80,200). In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), the 2-1 morning line favorite is Thunder (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Conway Hall-Cr Oh Susanna is trained by John Butenscoen for Crawford Farms Racing, VIP Internet Stable, and J. Day. He has won two legs of the NYSS. His wins were at Saratoga ($54,500) and Batavia Downs ($54,500). Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) is the second choice at 3-1. The gelding by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar is trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Wolfgang A Stable inc., and Borje Naastrom. He is three for five in his young career. He won legs of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750), Tioga Downs ($37,966), and Batavia Downs ($54,500). Post time for the nine race card at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 30) is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) holds off late charge by Jds Brent N Sheree to capture the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 25). Golden Gun ($82.00) went straight to the front controlling all the fractions (:27.0, :55.3, 1:23.3, 1:51.1). Jds Brent N Sheree followed the whole way until they reached the top of the stretch. The two would trade blows all the way down the stretch. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) went three wide to join the pair in deep stretch. When it looked like Jds Brent N Sheree would go by, Golden Gun dug down deep and found something extra to win by a nose at the line. Jds Brent N Sheree settled for second with Oh My Joepa getting third money. Golden Gun is owned by The Wiz Kids Stables and trained by Jeff Sorenson. He is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his third win in 2018. He now owns 27 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drove two winners on the night. He got his wins with Major Starlight ($2.50) and Release The Terror ($3.70). He still has the most driving wins on the season. After Saturday's racing he now leads all drivers with 77 wins. Three time defending driving wins champion John MacDonald is second with 67 wins. Claude Huckabone III is third with 36 wins. Truman Gale is in fourth 35 tallies. Leon Bailey rounds out the top five with 31 wins. MacDonald and Whittemore are also battling for the training wins title as well. MacDonald is in first with 35 wins with Whittemore second best getting 30 victories so far. Homer Hochstetler is third on the list with 24 wins. Misty Carey is fourth best with 22 tallies. Dan Daley has the fifth spot with 20 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time for the nine race card is 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (August 24). It's A Miracle (Leon Bailey) went out and led them to a first quarter in 27.0. Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) took control taking them to a half of :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jaclyn Hanover ($2.60) found herself fifth after the three quarter mark. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she would pass them all and win in 1:52.1 Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second with Dangerousprecedent settling for third best. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was win number five of the season and career victory number 18. John MacDonald had a driving double. He got his other win with Anja ($3.90) Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) wins exciting trot feature ($6,500). Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:26.1). He would open up by three in the stretch. Oh No Three O ($3.40) third after three-quarters took up the chase. Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, Oh No Three O wore down Walk The Floor and held off the late rush by Kabu (John MacDonald) to win in 1:55.0. Walk The Floor and Kabu finished in a dead heat for second. Oh No Three O is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of the season and career victory number 36. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Friday (August 24) For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains unbeaten with a win in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies, as Vernon Downs hosted two divisions on Thursday (August 23). Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morill Jr.) charged out to the early lead in the second division of NYSS. Woodside Charm ($2.60) went first-over and took control as they headed for the back stretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she led them to a half in :57.3. Leading by two lengths after they went to three-quarters in 1:26.3. She found another gear as they hit the top of the stretch, winning going away in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) came up to finish second. Quincy Blue Chip held on for third money. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She has yet to be tested in her young career. She has won all three of starts with ease. In the first division of the NYSS, Hanna Dreamgirl (Jim Morrill Jr) went right to the front hitting the first quarter in 27.4. Sensibility (Charlie Norris) followed in the pocket with Safe Word (Jeff Gregory) following in third. Hanna Dreamgirl, who is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, continued to control the race hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Sensibility popped the pocket and made her move but had to settle for second best as Hanna Dreamgirl cruised to the win in 1:57.1. Hot Chapter (Marcus Miller) was third. Hanna Dreamgirl is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Shipps Empress. She now has two wins, a second and five thirds in eight career starts. Linda Toscano had a training double on the night. Her other win came with Global Pageant ($5.00), who was driven by Scott Zeron. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies on Thursday (August 23). Both divisions will race for a purse of $56,500) In the first division, Hanna Dreamgirl (Jim Morril Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice. Owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, the 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Ships Express has been on the board in all seven of her starts. Her most impressive showing was a third place finish in the Jim Doherty Memorial ($357,450) at the Meadowlands (August 4). Her lone win came in a leg of the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands in July. The second morning line choice is Safe Word (Jeff Gregory) at 7-2. She is owned by Richardson, Garey, WIeseneck and trainer Gregory. The 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Fifty Shades has two wins and two seconds in four starts. She captured legs of the NYSS at Yonkers ($39,400) and Buffalo ($35,867). In the second division of the NYSS for the freshman fillies, Conway Kellyanne is the 5-2 morning line choice. Trained and driven by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms Inc., and G&B Racing, she is a 2-year-old by Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold. She is three for five in her young career. Her victories were all legs of the NYSS. She won legs at Yonkers on July 3 ($39,400) and on August 13 ($52,000). She also won a leg at Batavia ($36,567). Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) is the second choice at 7-2. The 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse. Her three victories were all legs of the NYSS as well. She got her wins at Yonkers ($39,400), Batavia ($36,567), and Tioga ($35,866). The nine race Thursday (August 23) card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne for Vernon Downs            

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) won the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (August 18). Whittemore wins four. Skip Jive ($8.80) jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, he put up all the fractions (:28.4, :55.0, 1:22.1, 1:50.3). He held off the late charging JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) to secure the victory. Weapon to win (John MacDonald) finished third. Skip Jive is a 5-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was win number five this season. He now has 16 career victories, none faster than tonight. Leading driver of the meet, Jimmy Whittemore, added four more wins to his total for the season. His other three wins came with Kerry B ($40.20), Muffin's Man ($8.80), and Serious Major ($4.60). Truman Gale added two wins on the night as well. He went to the winner's circle with Coopers Beach ($13.40) and Western Toro ($4.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 23) featuring two division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies. Post Time is 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Met's Hall (Andy Miller) wins exciting Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot ($350,000) for3-year-olds at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 17). Met's Hall ($27.60) went straight to the lead from the eight hole. He took the first quarter in :26.4. SIx Pack (Ake Svanstedt) followed in the pocket with Manchego (Yannick Gingras) following along in third. Andy Miller slowed the second quarter to a crawl of :30.1. Met's Hall hit the half in :57.0. Six Pack would pull the pocket just before the half. The two would then battle nose to nose and wheel to wheel all around the final turn. Neither horse would give an inch as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.2. Manchego, who was the only filly in the race, sat in third watching the other two battle it out around the turn. She then went three-wide at the top of the stretch. In an amazing stretch drive, Met's Hall would dig in and get ready for the late charge from Manchego. In the end Met's Hall would win by a nose in a personal best time of 1:52.0. Magnificent as she was, Manchego had to settle for second best. The gutsy Six Pack would finish third. Met's Hall is a three-year-old colt by Cantab Hall. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Stoy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. It was his second win in six starts this season. He now owns seven career victories. Super Girl Riley (Marcus Miller) shocks field in Zweig Memorial Fillies Trot ($180,000) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The big favorite Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) carved out all the early fractions (:28.0, :57.2, 1:26.3). Basquiat (Yannick Gingras) followed in the pocket before going on a break at the three-quarter pole. Perfect Summer K (David Miller) would then inherit second. Super Girl Riley ($17.20) would then come first-over from third in the stretch. She would then rundown Plunge Blue Chip to win the mile in a career best of 1:54.3. Plunge Blue Chip had to settle for second money. Perfect Summer K finished third. Owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, Harvey Eisman and trained by Erv Miller, the 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass won for the second time in 2018. It was her sixth career victory. Zephyr Kronos (Yannick Gingras) wins the Zweig Memorial Consolation Trot ($80,000) for 3-year-old trotters. After Missle Hill led them to a first quarter of :27.0, Zephyr Kronos ($3.50) took control of the rest of the race (:56.2, 1:24.4, 1:52.0). Zephyr Kronos, who is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg, and Christina Takter, held off onelast late charge from second place finisher Missle Hill. Mississippi Storm (Tim Tetrick) was third best. Zephyr Kronos is a 3-year-old colt by Ready Cash. He won for the fifth time this season and his career. None faster than tonight. Zero Tolerance won the first division ($52,500) of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerance is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the 2-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar flew in the stretch to win 1:51.3. So Aweome (Tim Tetrick) finished second with St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) getting third money. Zero Tolerence ($3.60) is now four for five in her career. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) wins the second division ($53,500) of the NYSS. Money Shot Hanover ($5.40) out dueled JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) in the stretch to win in 1:53.0. Brooklyn Lilacs (Jim Morrill Jr) was third. Money Shot Hanover is a 2-year-old filly by Art Major-Marinade Hanover. Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Frost, and trainer Mark Harder, she won for the first time in five starts Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 18) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John HOrne, for Vernon Downs

Oh No Three Oh (Jeff Long) charges in the stretch to win featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16). Kabu (John MacDonald) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.0, 1:25.4). Oh No Three Oh ($4.70) found himself in fourth after three-quarters . Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew by just before the wire to win in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) came up to finish second. Kabu held on to be third best. Oh No Three Oh is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his third win of the season and his 35th career victory. Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) wins the fillies and mares pace feature ($6,500). It's A Miracle (Truman Gale) led the way to all the early fractions (:28.1, :56.4, 1:24.3). Jaclyn Hanover ($3.70) sat in the pocket all the way to the stretch. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she popped the pocket and ran down It's A Miracle and held off the late charge of second place finisher, Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) to win in 1:52.4. It's A Miracle held for third. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her fourth win this season and career win number 17. MacDonald and Michael Miller each had driving doubles. MacDonald got his other win with Choke Hold ($9.10). Miller went to the winner's circle with Ex Crown ($4.50) and American JJ ($19.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 17) featuring the Dr. Harry M. Zwieg Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies ($180,000) as well as the Zweig Memorial elgible for all 3-year-olds trotters ($350,000). There will also be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. Post time for the 10 race card is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

The public's faith in 3-year-old female trotter Manchego wavered ever so slightly earlier this month in the Hambletonian Oaks, when for the first time in her career she was not the favorite, but she looked to restore confidence with her stakes-record 1:50 win in the event. Now, she will try to bolster her status by taking on the boys in Friday's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot at Vernon Downs in upstate New York. Manchego is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Zweig, where she will face a field of eight male rivals. Manchego, who has won 17 of 19 career races, will start from post No. 2 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. She will try to become the first filly since Moni Maker in 1996 to win an open division of the Zweig. The card also includes the $180,000 fillies-only division of the Zweig, which features stakes-winner and world-record-holder Plunge Blue Chip and Frank Zanzuccki Trot winner Basquiat. In addition, there is an $80,000 Zweig consolation division for the colts. Racing begins at 6:10 p.m. (EDT). Prior to wins in her Oaks elimination and the final, Manchego saw her career-opening 15-race victory streak snapped when she went off stride in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 30 and got beat by a nose by Plunge Blue Chip in her world-record 1:49.4 mile on July 14 at The Meadowlands. The 2017 Dan Patch Award-winner also saw a streak of 20 consecutive appearances in the sport's Top 10 dating back to last season come to an end. She returned to the Top 10 following her win in the Oaks. "She showed up (in the Hambletonian Oaks) and she was huge," said Barry Guariglia, whose Black Horse Racing is among Manchego's owners with John Fielding and Herb Liverman. "I thought the elim and the final was what she's all about. If you take a step back and look at the disappointment when she made that break in the Beal, there are no other blemishes to speak of. I'm very pleased with her." Guariglia knew Manchego's win streak would come to an end at some point, and to see it happen when she made the break on the final turn of the Beal while challenging for the lead softened the blow. "I knew it would happen eventually," Guariglia said. "To do it that way was almost better because you had no shot instead of getting nosed out on the line. It wasn't for lack of ability." As for missing by a nose the honor of being the fastest 3-year-old trotter in harness racing history, Guariglia said, "That other filly went the race of her life. It happens. That's the only thing missing, that mark by a tick, but I've got a funny feeling somewhere down the road maybe we'll get a shot at it again." Manchego's connections bypassed the opportunity to race the boys in the Hambletonian, preferring instead to compete in the all-filly Oaks. It paid off, with Gingras and Takter teaming for their fifth consecutive win in the event. On Friday, Manchego will see a number of colts from the Hambletonian, including second-place finisher Met's Hall, Alarm Detector, Classichap, Evaluate, Fashionwoodchopper, Patent Leather, and Six Pack. The Hambletonian was won by another filly, Atlanta. She was not eligible to the Zweig. "It's one heat, so we thought we would try it again," Guariglia said about facing the boys, which Manchego also did in the Beal. "We'll see what happens. We drew well. It looks like a pretty competitive race. "I take every week as a challenge. You're kind of expected to win week to week, so it's a little bit harder maybe mentally. But I don't take anything or anybody for granted because it's a horserace." Guariglia, a financial advisor, has enjoyed harness racing for more than 40 years. He was at the Meadowlands Racetrack when it opened in 1976 and got into racehorse ownership at the age of 27. Winning the Oaks was a thrill. "I never won anything like the Oaks, never a race that big, on Hambo Day," Guariglia said. "That was a lot of fun. It was a little chaotic in the winner's circle but that's OK too. It was a nice crowd, a nice spot to be. "It's wonderful. It doesn't get any better." Following are the fields for the $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot and $180,000 Zweig filly division. The main event is race No. 9, with a planned 8:50 p.m. (EDT) post. It will be preceded by the filly race at 8:30. Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Patent Leather-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-10/1 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 3-Evaluate-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-10/1 4-Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell-6/1 5-Alarm Detector-Scott Zeron-Ben Baillargeon-8/1 6-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-7/2 7-Classichap-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-12/1 8-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 9-Clive Bigsby-Corey Callahan-George Ducharme-8/1 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-The Russian Spy-Corey Callahan-Paul Kelley-8/1 2-Supergirl Riley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller-9/2 3-Cherry Peep-Dan Daley-Dan Daley-10/1 4-Basquiat-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/2 5-Perfect Summer K-David Miller-Andrew Harris-6/1 6-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-5/2 7-A Gift For You-Scott Zeron-George Ducharme-8/1 8-Mooshka Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder-10/1 by Ken Weingartner, the USTA 

Vernon, NY - Rival filly trotters Manchego and Plunge Blue Chip, two of the season's top sophomores as well as the fastest 3-year-olds in the long history of the breed, will both race at Vernon Downs on Friday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot but, in a somewhat surprising development, not against one and other.   The connections of Manchego have picked up the mantle of Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta and entered their star filly into the $350,000 Open division (race 9) where she'll face eight colts.   Manchego (PP #2) deftly handled her competition in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks two weeks past with a tour de force 1:50 stakes record, marking the fifth consecutive winner of that race for the trainer/driver team of Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras. She is the highest money earner in the Zweig field with $362,222 in seasonal earnings and over $1.2 million career for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   She'll meet a solid group of colts led by Hambletonian final second place finisher Met's Hall (Andy Miller) and the Hambo favorite Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) whose magical mystery tour trip in his elimination heat resulted in his elimination.   Plunge Blue Chip (Svanstedt) will certainly have the favorite's target on her back in the surprisingly light group of eight in the Zweig Filly race (race 8). She became the fastest 3-year-old trotter ever with her epic 1:49.4 nose win over Manchego in the Del Miller stakes a month ago, followed up by a third in the Hambletonian Oaks final. She races for the partnership of Svanstedt Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Thomas Andersson and Rick Zeron.   The Zweig also fields a nine colt $80,000 second tier division and the all stakes card is completed by New York Sires Stakes events for freshman filly pacers.   It's a grand program that will begin at 6:10 pm on Friday. Entries for the entire card may be seen here.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs      

Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (August 11). MacDonald wins four races on the card. JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Lyons Johnny ($3.20) then took over leading the group to a :56.2 half mile and three -quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:52.0. Third best was Gypsey Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Lyons Johnny is a 10-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 43 career wins. MacDonald had a quadruple double as driver-trainer. His other wins came with Stonebridge Frosty ($4.30), Weapon To Win (($8.30), and Kabu ($6.10). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Oh My Joepa and harness racing driver John MacDonald captured win number 50 during the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (August 4). Oh My Joepa ($6.10) took the lead just before the first quarter and put down all the fractions (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Owned and trained by MacDonald, he got pressured in the stretch from Gypsy Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Gypsy Leather looked prime to go by but Oh My Joepa dug down deep and as he has done in many of his victories, he gutted it out in deep stretch and finished first. Gypsy Leather settled for second money with Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. It was his fourth win in a row and his fifth win this season. MacDonald had two more winners on the night. He added wins with Wish Granted ($6.90) and Lucid Thoughts ($4.80). Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) charges late to capture featured trot ($6,000). Bloodstockshalltab ($3.90) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Walk The Floor (Angus MacDonald) took over and hit the half first in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.2. Walk The Floor seemed to have the race in hand but Bloodstockshalltab kept coming in the stretch and finally went by just before the wire, winning in 1:54.3. Walk The Floor settled for second with Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) finishing third. Bloodstockshalltab is an 8-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Diane WHittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, he won for the sixth time this season and the 34th time in his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 9) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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